No Mitigating the Sequester

The Air Force leadership will issue guidance to its major commands next week on what “prudent measures” they must take now to prepare for the possibility of a defense-wide $45 billion sequestration taking effect on March 1, said Secretary Michael...

Powered by Airmen, Fueled by Innovation

Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh on Thursday issued the four-page document: A Vision for the United States Air Force. “Focused on ‘airmen, mission, and innovation,’ I believe this short document captures what today’s Air Force is all about and...

America Will Need a Ready Air Force

The Air Force has met the demands of a high operational tempo during the decade of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, but this pace has taken a toll on personnel and equipment, said Air Force Secretary Michael Donley. “We have...

Goodbye Hawkeye Falcons

Congress approved the elimination of the Iowa Air National Guard’s F-16s, one of the Air Force’s proposed force structure adjustments, in the Fiscal 2013 defense authorization act. In this fiscal year, the Air Force is retiring a total of 21...

Bombers and Freight, the Unpaid Eight

The Air Force is facing a funding shortfall in Fiscal 2013 because it must continue operating five C-5A transports and three B-1B bombers that it planned to retire, but has to retain due to this fiscal year’s defense authorization act....

F-22 Move to Tyndall Delayed

The Air Force has pushed back the transfer of a squadron of combat-ready F-22s from Holloman AFB, N.M., to Tyndall AFB, Fla., to the spring of 2014, about a one-year delay. “The timing of the move allows the approved actions...

Lackland Selected as Preferred Location for TACP School

The Air Force announced that JBSA-Lackland, Tex., is the preferred location to host the service’s Tactical Air Control Party school, while Keesler AFB, Miss., is the reasonable alternative. Service officials selected Lackland “because of its favorable weather conditions, training efficiencies,...

Right on Track, Down to the Accession

The Air Force’s Active Duty component and two reserve elements met their Fiscal 2013 enlisted accessions goals through November, the second month of the fiscal year, according to the Pentagon’s newest recruiting statistics, released on Thursday. The Active Duty force...

China’s Globemaster?

The Chinese government acknowledged developing the country’s first domestically designed heavy airlifter, reported the South China Morning Post. Grainy photos appeared on the Internet in late December showing a purported prototype of the Xian Aircraft Industry Y-20 airlifter undergoing taxi...